Manchester City are poised to bid for Daniele De Rossi in the January transfer window, after manager Roberto Mancini revealed his midfield options were at the bare bones following the draw with Fulham, according to the Sun.
Injury to James Milner and Nigel de Jong, as well as Owen Hargreaves' current unavailability has limited Mancini's options in the middle of the park, leading to him handing a debut to trainee Abdul Razak.
Mancini was a noted admirer of De Rossi in the summer, and revealed his addition to the City ranks would be welcomed.
"De Rossi would be absolutely perfect. I rate him one of the best midfielders in the world," he said.
Despite having a £25 million price tag put on his head, De Rossi, out of contract next year at Roma, is likely to be available for £8 million in January, while his wage demands of £170,000 aren't expected to be a stumbling block for City.
City spent £59m on bringing in Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero to the club during the summer, and Chief operations officer Brian Marwood has hinted that another spending spree is unlikely at the Etihad Stadium.